The first Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1200G engine assembled in
Japan has completed its maiden flight.
The flight was completed in the United States at the
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s Flight Test Center in Moses Lake, WA, and was performed
by the company’s Flight Test Aircraft 1 (FTA1).
"This is the first flight with an engine completed in
Japan, and represents an important milestone for Mitsubishi
Aircraft, our SpaceJet family of aircraft, and the further
development of the aerospace cluster in Japan,” said Mitsubishi
Aircraft President Hisakazu Mizutani.
The Mitsubishi Aircraft flight test team validated the
basic functions of the engine in normal flight. In subsequent
flights, the performance of both the engine and the aircraft were
confirmed, and the engine has been cleared. It is now scheduled to
join the flight test fleet in the coming weeks.
Katsuyuki Shimauchi, the
President & CEO of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd.,
said, "We are very pleased that the first engine we completed
has made its first flight. In addition to manufacturing complete
aircraft like Mitsubishi Aircraft, the ability to assemble
aircraft engines in Japan is very important for the growth of the
domestic aircraft industry as well as the development of a
reliable supply chain needed to support future aircraft."
Rivard, PW1200G program director at Pratt & Whitney, said,
“Congratulations to the team on this important achievement. We are
proud to see the revolutionary GTF technology taking flight after
being assembled in Japan."